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Ballot thresholds in important public services

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Ballot thresholds in important public services

Published September 2015

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In July, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills opened a consultation on its proposals to introduce a new ballot threshold for holding industrial action in important public services. 

The proposed regulations were: 

  • A new 50% participation threshold to all trade union ballots for industrial action. 
  • A new 40% important public services threshold, meaning ballots in those sectors will need the support of at least 40% of those entitled to vote.

The new 40% threshold will apply to six sectors: fire, health, education, transport, border security and nuclear decommissioning. The consultation was seeking views on who, within those sectors, should be subject to that threshold. 

The CIPD’s response to the Government was informed by two focus groups held with members; one in Manchester and the other in London.